Wednesday, September 28, 2005

September 28, 2005 Lisa Tolliver Show pays tribute to the late Robert Shaw Tolliver and features Food P.A.T.C.H., Westchester County's Food Bank

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - I was originally scheduled to host both "SCORE Radio" today (featuring Food P.A.T.C.H.: Westchester County's Food Bank) and "The Lisa Tolliver Show" (featuring photographer Rich Remsberg, who recently published Riders for God"). However, SCORE changed the host lineup (which bumped me to a later date) and my father died on September 17. Therefore, today's "Lisa Tolliver Show" featured:
Guest Christina Rohatynskyj, Executive Director of Food P.A.T.C.H. , who shared that organization's mission and initiatives and provided advice about sending donations to disaster victims,
A tribute to my beloved father (and past guest on a Veteran's Day radio broadcast), the late Robert Shaw Tolliver. Dad died of heart failure related to Stage 4 lung cancer and emphysema. As part of his tribute, I played Luther VanDross' "Dance With My Father."

Thank you Whitney Radio Engineer, Steve Tito, for the tissues. And thank you and bless you, listeners, who contacted me after the show to share your condolences and inform me that you'd kept Dad in your prayers.

Here's the playlist of upcoming shows:

10/26 - Kenneth Brewster, Director of Crowe's Funeral Home - Pre-need Planning
11/9 - Kenneth Guttenplan, Esq. - Estates, Wills & Trusts
11/26 - Eli Gordon, Director of Development, Food P.A.T.C.H. - Fundraising tips and gift basket giveaway
12/4 - Folklorists Steve Zeitlin (Executive Director of City Lore) and Ilana Harlow (Folklore Specialist at the Library of Congress American Folklore Center) authors of "Giving Voice to Sorrow," a book describing grieving and mourning practices in various cultures
12/28 - Holiday Celebration

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Tribute to my beloved father, Robert Shaw Tolliver, 7/15/1931-9/17/2005

QUEENS, NY - My beloved father, Robert Shaw Tolliver, died on September 17, 2005 at 12:44 a.m. from heart failure caused by Stage IV lung cancer and emphysema. I have no doubt that he walks with God and is now at peace. I know that should comfort me, and it does, some. However, I miss Dad terribly, as do the many other relatives and friends who love him.


Robert Shaw Tolliver (“Bob”) was born in the Bronx, New York, on July 15, 1931, to Pearl Louise Henley and Benjamin Ernest Tolliver. He was the youngest of five children who included Dorothy, Sylvia, Benjamin and Frances.

Bob grew up in the Bronx and moved to Jamaica, NY, traveling to Brooklyn to attend Boys High School. He entered the United States Marine Corps in January, 1952. Bob served as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at numerous U.S. bases and in Okinawa, Japan. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and United National Service Medal.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines, Robert married Doris Elaine Hutchings on September 8, 1956. They resided in Long Island, New York, with their two children, Lisa Marie and Robert Shaw, Junior. Throughout his life, Bob remained a devoted father and maintained a close and loving relationship with his children.

Bob worked as an electrician at Lockheed Aircraft Corp., where he headed a team whose responsibilities included maintaining Air Force One. In November, 1965, Lockheed honored Bob by sending him to Japan on a classified special assignment.

Bob was multi-talented and generously donated his time and treasures to those in need. Even after he retired, he maintained an active schedule, earning numerous certifications and awards for achievement and meritorious service. For example, he was named “Man of the Year” by the Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center for outstanding volunteer service.

Bob was spiritually grounded as was manifested in his dealings with his fellow man on a daily basis. His deep racial pride was captured in a sixties newspaper article demonstrating his protest to the exclusion of minority contractors in the construction of Rochdale Village.

A fun-loving and gregarious individual, Bob will be missed by all who knew and loved him. His survivors include his children, Lisa and Robert, Jr., daughter-in-law, Annette, grandsons Robert III and Daniel, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

~~ Lovingly Submitted: T H E F A M I L Y ~~


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I am the resurrection and the life: He that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live. (St. John 11:25)

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Come all ye who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11.28)

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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing (presence) (II Timothy 4:7-8)

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And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelations 21:4)


The family of the late Robert Shaw Tolliver wishes to express deep and heartfelt appreciation for your loving thoughtfulness and concern, including cards, flowers, phone calls, visits, your presence here, and especially your prayers. May God bless each of you, and may His peace be with you always.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

September 14, 2005 Lisa Tolliver Show features author Nina Foxx

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - Nina Foxx,PhD, just finished writing her fourth novel, Marrying Up and has two more in the works. Read about this prolific and fun-loving author and her books at

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

September 14, 2005 SCORE Radio features National Preparedness Month, SBA Disaster Relief and FoodPatch: Westchester County's Food Bank

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - It may be easier to avoid a disaster than to avoid media coverage of disasters. For example, good luck trying to avoid media coverage of Category 5 Hurricane Katrina and her devastating aftermath. It's everywhere, and SCORE Radio: Counselors to America's Small Business on New York Radio WVOX AM 1460 is no exception. Today's show was my at-bat as rotating host on the SCORE Volunteer team, and my bench strength included guests Ken Shulman, Public Information Officer with the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Office, and a representative from FoodPatch, Westchester County's Food Bank.

We detailed how our organizations provide and receive assistance for disaster victims. Additionally, listeners were pointed to SCORE's online disaster resistance plan resources. Click the logos below for details:

FoodPatch: Westchester County's Food

SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business

U.S. Small Business Administration

Next broadcasts:

September 28, 2005 on WVOX AM 1460

1:00-1:30 pm - SCORE Radio: Counselors to America's Small Business
Online fundraising

1:30-2:00 pm - The Lisa Tolliver Show
Documentary Photographer Rich Rembsberg

Thursday, September 08, 2005

They're real and they're spectacular (no artificial ingredients)

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - Eyes forward. I'm not referring to the female anatomy (as did the oft-quoted Seinfeld episode whose title I lifted). I'm referring to brushes with the law that increase some celebrities' media impact. Consider freedom fighters Martin, Mahatma and Malcolm. Consider also gangstas and music industry entertainers, such as the dueling East Coast and West Coast rappers, whose legal snafus typically enhance their street cred. Sometimes they even ply their trade from the big house, as did Shyne, Beanie Sigel and Turk--who released their albums from jail, Rapper C-Murder--who got in hot water over the new album and video he produced behind bars, Lil Kim--who dropped her album just before entering jail and the many artists who release titles that highlight their incarceration (e.g., "What Jail Is Like," by The Afghan Whigs; "Long Time No See," by Chico DeBarge; and "Penitentiary Chances," by rapper Turk).

I guess if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Domestic diva Martha-on-the-block proved equally able to withstand--even harness--legal and prison heat, and continued to drop it like it's hot from the kitchen, garden and elsewhere at Camp Cupcake, where she served time. Her activities there, which I describe as "Martha Stewart Inside Living," have been the recipe for raising her market and media value. Moreover, her release today from house arrest and donning a new accessory--an ankle bracelet that permits law officers to track her movements--have further stirred the media pot and raised serious dough. There's more bread where that came from. During her travails, Martha cooked up two new shows that aren't even out of the oven yet.###

Saturday, September 03, 2005

My true-life Category 5 hurricane survival story

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - "There but for the grace of God go I," keeps ringing in my head, and not just because the ubiquitous reports of devastation and sparks of hope in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are calls to action for every able bodied citizen of the planet. There's another reason.

Hurricane Camille, 1969:

In 1969, my family was blessed to survive, even benefit in some ways from, our experience with Category 5 Hurricane Camille. I wrote about it in a true-life short story posted at

NOTE: I'm not thrilled with the liberties's editors took with my story. I didn't mind their translations from American English to the Queen's English (e.g., rewriting "color" as "colour"). In fact, I rather fancied those. But the story had already passed muster with Mum, a former English teacher, and the editors' more substantial edits were unwarranted and less than beneficial. But that's the price of getting published by Northcliffe Electronic Publishing Ltd. In the scheme of what's happening in the world today, this petty gripe isn't worth the time it's taking to report (or read) it.

Anyway, the summary that published is listed below. Click "Read story" for the full text.

Title: Rainbows After the Storm
Escalating emergency alerts for the category five hurricane spooked Mom, who stockpiled candles and stood watch for Dad. Bob, Misty and I retreated below decks where the tempest seemed less intimidating.
Date submitted: 15th Jan 2003
Author: Lisa Tolliver
Competition: Competition 8
Read story

Hurricane Katrina, 2005?

Visit, conduct an online search of "hurricane relief," or visit any ISP home page or news outlet to learn how to get and give help. I'll publicly address some of those issues, and what others and I are doing--and can do--about them, in my September 14 broadcasts.